i order some white and green teas online and was intrigued by these pu-
erh's i saw.
i ordereda ripe and raw brick to try it out.
i gave up coffe due to caffeine levels and switched to green and white
teas which i quite enjoy. 3-4 infusion and the taste is nice.
i loved my silver needles, green pine needls and jasmine pearls in the
today at work i brough a thermos and boiled water for an all day pu-
erh-fest. al read up and intrigued, pumped to go.
7.30 am boiled water, and prepared clear mug with infuser
dropped in pu-erh, washed leaves and rinsed cup.
added water , counted to 20 sec and removed infuser.
smelled like fresh earth, just as i had read.
sipped a little, tasted like fresh dirt and woody.
about 30 secs later, i felt my heart racing, sweaty, kinda panicky,
wow, wow WOW
walked around a bit
went in washroom, felt weird, ...
this pu-erh has a kick!!!!!!!!!!!!
20 minutes, ok, settling down a bit, after one hour wait, infused
leaves for 20 secs, wet leaves made the clear mug, black, darker then
first try. after contemplating another panic attack , i thought it
would not be good to have to be rushed to the hospital in an
ambulance , so i poured it away.
i decided to give up pu-erh for the day, as i felt panicky again,
was it the caffeine ?
was it the big jump from white tea to pu-erh ?
next time i will wash the leave 3-4 times until the tea is less dark.
ppl at work were like, what's wrong al?
i said tea from china,
they asked what the hell was in it ?
You haven't told us how much of the (cooked, apparently) brick you
brewed, so I'll have to guess. I think you eyeballed the amount of
leaf you put in your brewing vessel and used a volume similar to the
volume of white tea you're accustomed to. Trouble is, that brick is
highly compressed, so the *weight* of leaf you brewed was much greater
than you're accustomed to. You don't necessarily have to use a scale,
but if you're drinking different types of tea and you don't want wild
variations in the strength of the beverage, you need to be aware that
strength follows weight, not volume.
Or you could just use less.
Don't forget that a lot of people get a sort of "high" from Puerh as
well, kind of a head swimming feeling that is actually not the
caffeine talking. Sure, there is caffeine too so I'm sure it was a
combination. I've only experienced the "swimmy" feeling two or three
times when I began drinking Puerh and never again. The common
misconception is that white tea has low caffeine, it can have just as
much if not more than other types.
Give it some time, come back to it and see if it affects you the same
way again. I know folks who are similarly affected by jasmine in
jasmine green teas, I have no idea if it is an allergy or some sort of
strange reaction that triggers it.
You might be interested to know that there is also a type of white
Puerh tea made only from buds that is similar to white tea. Personally
I find white Puerh to be slightly stronger in taste with a fuller body
with proven short term ageing potential. If you are interested an
article on white Puerh tea is available at